Join us at Busboys and Poets Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community for the D.C. premiere of Refugees Got Talent, a documentary for the Witness strand on Al Jazeera English (International).
At a Syrian refugee camp in Greece, over a thousand refugees are dealing with the trauma of war and dislocation. But a group of young refugees organize an exciting TV-style talent show. The camp is glued to the broadcast, waiting for the thrilling finale. This short film is a testament to the human spirit in even the most difficult of times.
After the screening, we will be joined by the filmmaker and an expert panel for a discussion drawing on different aspects of the refugee experience. This wide-ranging discussion will explore the filmmaking process, why it's imperative to explore refugee stories from new angles, current policy issues and the situation on-the-ground. In addition, filmmakers are invited to learn more about pitching and commissioning documentaries through Witness.
Panel Discussion Featuring:
Aman Ali (Moderator) is an award-winning storyteller named «Content Creator to Watch» by YouTube and Google and is one of the most engaging social media personalities in the American Muslim community. He's made appearances on dozens of media outlets such as the New York Times, BuzzFeed, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, HBO, BBC and NPR.
Theopi Skarlatos is a journalist and documentary filmmaker of the Witness documentary, Refugees Got Talent. She has worked for Al Jazeera English, BBC, Channel 4 and numerous independent production companies.
Poh Si Teng is an Emmy-nominated director and senior commissioning producer for Witness, a documentary strand of Al Jazeera English (International). Poh was previously a journalist for The New York Times, where she received an Emmy nomination for her documentary, Flirting With the Islamic State.
Bassam Sebti was a special correspondent for The Washington Post, where he covered the Iraq War and the political process from September 2003 to July 2006. He sought refuge in the United States as armed groups were attacking and killing journalists in Iraq. Bassam is now the global editor of WorldBank.org.
Arianna Schindle is a co-founder of the Rhiza Collective and an educator, clinician and strategist, working at the intersections of advocacy, trauma and justice. She leads Heal into Action, a project which integrates advocacy, psycho social support, and storytelling for refugee-serving organizations in Greece.
This event is sponsored by Witness — Al Jazeera
, Al Jazeera English
, and #FilmandFriends
#FilmandFriends is a monthly series in which filmmakers screen their current work and receive feedback, ideas and support from the DC film, arts and social issue communities. We aim to build a vibrant independent film community in DC and to engage different stakeholders and perspectives to strengthen our collective work.
Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community is a Busboys and Poets-produced monthly film series that screens films with a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, art, music, and/or community value.
Free and open to all! Seating is first come first serve for this event. Full service provided.
6:30 arrive + get a seat + meet & greet
7:00pm: Film Screening
7:30pm: Panel/Audience Discussion
8:30pm: Networking at Busboys & Poets